Volunteer Auxiliary President Brian Sutton (left) and Director of Nurse Anesthesia Services Toni Fortner pose for a photo with Iredell Health System's new Glidescope Go system.

Iredell Health System volunteers donate advanced airway management system to Anesthesia Department

Posted at 12:28 PM on Oct 2, 2019

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Iredell Health System volunteers recently donated a Glidescope Go system to the Health System’s Anesthesia Department.

The handheld intubation device involves the placement of an airway or breathing tube for a patient who is unable to breathe sufficiently on their own. Its video capability optimizes the view and chance of successful intubation.

“The Glidescope is one of the best intubation devices on the market,” said Toni Fortner, Iredell Health System’s director of nurse anesthesia services.

For years, the Iredell Anesthesia Department has utilized the Glidescope system on a traditional stand. Having the transportable Go model will allow Iredell Memorial Hospital’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to easily carry the device to different areas of the hospital during the night.

Iredell Memorial’s CRNAs stay in-house 24 hours a day for medical emergencies. During an emergency, they will be able to take the Glidescope Go with them. Having the device readily available will enable the nurse anesthetists to perform life-saving measures more quickly.

“We are so very thankful the volunteers chose this as one of their projects,” Fortner said. “It will definitely benefit the patients of Iredell.”

About Iredell Health System

Iredell Health System includes Iredell Memorial Hospital, Iredell Home Health, Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, Community and Corporate Wellness, Occupational Medicine, and the Iredell Physician Network. Iredell Memorial Hospital is the largest and only non-profit hospital in Iredell County. The comprehensive healthcare facility has 247-beds, more than 1,600 employees, and has 260 physicians representing various specialties. Centers of excellence include Women’s and Children’s, Cardiovascular, Cancer, Surgical Services and Wellness & Prevention. Iredell Memorial has also been named as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Hips and Knees, as well as Maternity Care, by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The mission of Iredell Health System is to inspire wellbeing. For a comprehensive list of services and programs, visit www.iredellhealth.org

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